Dumpster Abandoned Domestic Violence Disabled Single Mom Needs Help
by Mary K. Riggins
(Blackshear, GA, USA)
I am a 46-year-old divorced single mother of three boys. Two are grown. One is a 15-year-old, at-risk boy struggling to survive alone with me.
I have one beautiful grandchild by my oldest son and my 23-year-old son is a junior in college. I have many hopes and dreams for my youngest son, but our struggles are immense.
I am currently disabled due to domestic violence. I was violently attacked and left for dead by my former husband in 2007. I was found in our car abandoned at some trash dumpsters.
He served prison time for the crime, but justice was not served. He was out in two years.
I suffer from neuropathy, cervicalgia, chronic pain syndrome, chronic PTSD and personality disorder.
My neck was nearly broken. I have cervical fusions and a titanium plate and six screws in my neck. I have nerve damage in both arms.
I suffered facial fractures and a broken nose. Both arms are extremely weak. I can't lift a tea pitcher.
My financial hardship concerns my mobile home. It is out of date and falling apart. I am in need of many home repairs.
I have no money left from my SS disability check each month to buy supplies or pay anyone to fix my home.
My son does without so many things and I feel that he is an at-risk child due to the fact his father nearly killed me.
My mobile home was manufactured in 1996 before a lot of laws were in place about quality of mobile homes. My floors are falling through. I need window repairs. I need insulation and roofing repairs.
I have a lot of damage to walls due to his father's violence. My place is a disaster and as hard as my son and I have tried to fix it, we are overwhelmed. We can't do it alone. We have no extra funds and my disability hinders any progress.
I was finally approved for SS disability in April 2010. But my income is limited. There's only $847 per month for me and $186 for my son.
I am looking for any grants for home repairs and parenting a teenager who is at risk.